The Wake County Public School System is a public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina. The Wake County Public School System or WCPSS is an all inclusive school district which serves all the counties of Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Garner, Zebulon and Morrisville.
The Wake County Public School System was founded in the year 1976, when the Wake County School and the City of Raleigh systems merged to form one. The idea of merging was proposed by influential businessmen in the 1970s, as a solution to the “white flight” issue. The “white flight” was a sociological and a demographical expression that denoted the trend of white people fleeing. This resulted in desegregated urban communities and to combat this, the merger was an important step. The district has become famous for its integration since then. The system now aims at providing the best possible education to the children of Wake County.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is the largest in the state and ranks as the 18th largest in the entire nation. In the academic year of 2008-2009, WCPSS had 137,706 students admitted. In the academic year of 2007-2008 there were 7684 graduates from WCPSS. Among the graduates, 90% decided to go for higher education, 64% went to some universities or four-year colleges and 26% chose to go to a two-year college.
Wake takes care of the fiscal conditions of the students too. They maintain a balance of their money by dealing with the students of high and low income groups in an appropriate way. To keep pace with the rapidly growing population and maintain the economic stability, WCPSS reassigns hundreds of their students to different schools every year. While many parents oppose to this annual shuffle of the students, Wake remains firm on its stand. They had stated before the commencement of the academic year of 2008-2009 that they will reassign about 6,500 students to maintain a balance among the schools of those areas to maintain an equal economic level. This is a marvelous way to accommodate both students from the higher income bracket and also from the lower income strata, yet maintain a sound education standard.
The WCPSS made big headlines in 2006-2007 as they converted three middle schools and 19 elementary schools into a mandatory year round calendar and just recently flipped flopped on many of those same conversions. Wake tries to turn more than one-third of the elementary schools every year. Again some parents raised their voices against this system saying that the calendar switch should be voluntary, but then such protests were not considered eventually. If you are looking for information on younger kids, see preschool costs in Wake County.